Telegraph Award: Gov. Bello Has Shown Uncompromising Commitment to Combat Crime – Fanwo

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The Director General of Media and Strategy to the Governor of Kogi State, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo has assured the people of Kogi State of Governor Bello’s “refreshed commitment to continue to fight crime in the State”, saying the Telegraph Award to the Governor as the most committed to security of lives and property was “deserved and creditable in view of the magnificent progress Kogi has recorded in the area of ensuring security”.
Fanwo made this known while speaking to journalists at the sidelines of the Telegraph Award on Saturday. He said the Governor and the people of Kogi State were elated by the Award.
“The Governor of Kogi State is quite elated by the Award. Though he couldn’t attend in person, he was represented by a powerful delegation led by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Edward Onoja.
“He appreciates the fact that Telegraph has honored the him and the State Government and has vowed to continue to make Kogi a no-go-area for criminals in the State. Significantly, his administration has shown uncompromising commitment to combat crime”.
Fanwo called on politicians to support the Government in promoting peace and security in the State, saying political violence will be treated as a “criminal act”.
He said: “Politics should be about service to humanity and not a system of desperate desire for power through violence. Violence destroys and anyone who believes in political violence is unqualified to represent his or her people.
“The Governor was never under the illusion that criminals would not fight back. We have recorded human and material casualties in our determination to secure the people of the State. The criminals have been dislodged from the State. That is the good story.
“In the run up to the 2019 general elections, we will continue to sensitize the people to avoid any act which may negatively affect the peace of the State. Politics is not a physical or violent war. It is an ideological contest which shouldn’t result in physical attacks.
“We are not unaware of the plans of some politicians to unleash violence in the State using criminals who have been dislodged from the State. The government of Alh. Yahaya Bello will ensure Kogi doesn’t recede to the old bad days of kidnapping and gruesome assassinations”.
He said the State Government is concentrating on education, agriculture and capacity building to empower the youth and reduce their attraction to crimes.
“The situation Governor Yahaya Bello inherited in the security sector was alarmingly hopeless. But today, he has turned the story around by working up his socks to fend off insecurity ferociously within the ambit of the law.
“He will continue to work hard to sustain the progress we have made”, he said.

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